Now is the time of the year your electricity bills start going up, so besides residential insulation, how can you be more energy efficient? How can you help your friends and family be energy efficient as well? With the gift-giving season approaching, energy-efficient products make for cool presents and can improve your electricity bill.
Carrig and Dancer has published a holiday gift list idea before, so let’s review those before diving into new ideas! If you or a loved one are big cookers but don’t have a lot of time to do so, an Instant Pot is a perfect gift. An Instant Pot is an energy-efficient pressure cooker that spreads heat evenly and quickly.
For those music lovers and answer seekers, smart speakers make for great gifts, as well. There’s a variety of options in a range of prices and sizes, depending on what you desire. The Google Home and Echo Dot, for example, allow you to control your music, podcasts, and even smart home products.
Anyone that suffers from allergies, asthma, or any other immune disorders will appreciate an air quality monitor. These monitors measure Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Carbon Monoxide (CO2), temperature, humidity, and a few other things. They can also be paired up to smart speakers so that you can continuously monitor your home’s air quality.
Your techy family members will appreciate a smart thermostat, especially if they live in a cold climate like Washington. Smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat allow you to monitor the heating and cooling of your home, which can help reduce your electricity bill. The Nest learns your schedule and preferred temperatures to maximize automatic comfort and energy efficiency.
Washington is notorious for cold winters, which means you’re cranking up that heat to make your home feel more comfortable. Blankets are a great gift to avoid this problem. A cute microfleece blanket is an inexpensive gift you can buy that will help your utility bills. Turn down that thermostat and bundle up in a comfy blanket!
That DIYer in your life will love some new power tools, and you can help save the environment by purchasing energy-efficient power tools. You’ve got an overwhelming list of choices when it comes to tools, so make it a bit easier on yourself by looking for Energy-Star labels. You can expect to save about 30 percent more energy!
Special Stocking Stuffers
Stocking stuffers are a staple for families with kids, especially ones with younger children. A unique idea is an LED animal night light to make them feel more comfortable in bed at night. For your older kids that want unusual lighting, you can find LED phrase lamps or even strings of holiday lights to go around pictures.
Those family members that travel a lot will also appreciate an LED USB lamp because you can plug them into your laptop to give yourself a little light. You also have the added benefit of not bugging other passengers with the overhead light.
For those always on the go, a portable battery or fuel cell for their phone is the perfect gift. Phones hold a good chunk of your life, and the worst thing would be for it to die when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. They’re convenient, and better for the environment because you’re not idling your car to charge your phone.
Call us for Residential Insulation
Whether you’re moving into a new home or want to improve your home comfort, residential insulation is an excellent option for you this holiday season.
Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacing windows.
For more information about these and other energy-saving services, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.